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All right if the red hot issue of trade has an epicenter.
It's Ohio Ohio Ohio.
That's state of the only want to see exports increase every year for the past decade.
But at the same time it's losing jobs overseas -- senators Obama and McCain.
Have danced around the issue wants something in the state.
One of the people at the center of it all of it all is my next guest he's Ohio lieutenant governor Lee Fisher leave welcome thank you so much sir for joining us tonight.
Thanks for having me list now we know that Ohio within the last election was very very important critical to the presidential election -- viewpoints there.
We're taking very seriously how little -- -- now about what's going on.
I think it's fair to say that Ohio -- mixed feelings about it I'll tell you why.
I think it's fair to say that governor Strickland and I feel very strongly that we have to do everything we can.
To stop the outsourcing of jobs and we do believe in the free trade if it is fair trade.
But the reason I say what they're mixed feelings here in Ohio is that -- are also 500000.
Ohio and whose jobs the parent.
On our exports and on some of the foreign direct investment so it's not a black and white issue.
All right sir let's go through the numbers -- highlands of loss at Ohio rather plus 250000 manufacturing jobs.
Many thanks to dot since 2000 is saying and half nine jobs have been created though -- exports by the way employment and manufacturing of the last fifty years.
Was -- third I mean it's it's down dramatically so manufacturing of course we know that story's been out there patella.
What's going on.
Well first of all you have to also focus on productivity.
While we've lost manufacturing jobs and obviously we're doing everything we can to save and to reverse that trend.
Productivity in manufacturing sector has shot up.
Not only nationwide are particularly in Ohio -- with the third largest manufacturing state.
You've already mentioned that we're the only state in the country -- exports have increased every year since 1998.
42 billion dollars in goods exported to 216.
Countries just last year.
And at 300000.
Ohio -- whose jobs depend on those exports.
Now -- that ended.
It's certainly no here here's what I want to ask you.
The complaint about trade has been that it's created really bad in other words good jobs go overseas in -- jobs left for hamburger flippers you know stuck here not to say that that's not a bad job but otherwise high paying jobs are being lost overseas -- talking about exports creating jobs in New York State what kind of.
Wages are we talking about.
Well I think it's fair -- is the first of all with a weak dollar we're seeing a lot of that manufacturing come back offshore.
Back to the state of Ohio and back to the shores of America.
So I actually think you're seeing a reversal of that trend.
Having said that we do think that environmental and labor standards are absolutely critical in these trade agreements.
But in the meantime we feel the best thing you can do is in source the jobs export the goods.
But obviously everything we can do -- -- -- try to stop.
Well there's always a big shots are talking about Ohio about a half a million workers.
Including one in four at factories they did they -- good jobs that depend on the farm market that's what you're talking about right there.
That's exactly right I think we're talking about one out of every four manufacturing jobs in Ohio.
Rely on either exports or foreign direct investment that you know NAFTA has been important for your state to we know that -- Barack Obama has criticized NAFTA -- the US is at a twenty private jobs since NAFTA was an active and 1994.
Lot of talk about the trade deficit being a problem with NAFTA -- you know what 95% of that is check this out.
Oil in other words oil is responsible for allowed that trade deficit we got a lot of our oil from Canada and Mexico go ahead sir.
Well Barack Obama has also talked about reducing our dependence on foreign oil and he's absolutely right.
Here in Ohio we just passed state portfolio standard -- is that says that by the year 20/20 five.
25% of our energy needs have to be met by advanced and renewable energy.
That means clean coal it means -- -- means I mean solar.
Thank you list.
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